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Do Property Rights Promote Investment But Cause Deforestation?

Many policymakers argue that property rights decrease deforestation. Some theoretical papers also make this prediction, arguing that property rights decrease discount rates applied to a long-term investment in forestry. However, the effect is theoretically ambiguous.

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June 21, 2012

New data and methods paint clearer picture of emissions from tropical deforestation

The Winrock team, which included scientists from Applied GeoSolutions, NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory and University of Maryland, combined the best available spatially consistent datasets on gross forest loss and forest

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June 25, 2012

Small farmers cause substantial damage in the Amazon rainforest

Small farmers are less likely than large landowners to maintain required forest cover on their property in the Brazilian Amazon, worsening the environmental impact of their operations, reported a re

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June 19, 2012

Farming the forest

Manoel Jose Leite, a small-scale organic farmer, is set to pioneer low-carbon agriculture in Brazil’s Amazon rainforest, which for decades has been destroyed by expanding agribusiness.

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20 June 2012

June 2012: The Status of REDD

Analysing REDD+: Challenges and choices

June, 2012. Angelsen, A.; Brockhaus, M.; Sunderlin, W.D.; Verchot, L.V. (eds). Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR), Bogor, Indonesia. 426 pages. ISBN: 978-602-8693-80-6

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June 21, 2012

Deforestation Emissions May Be a Third of Prior Estimates

The carbon emissions from cutting down tropical forests may be about one third of the level previously estimated, according to an article in the journal Science

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June 14, 2012

U.S.-India Bilateral Cooperation on Energy and Climate Change

ecalling the 2009 U.S.-India MOU on clean energy, energy efficiency, energy security and climate change, Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton and Minister of External Affairs S.M.

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10th June, 2012

Pakistan: The vanishing forests

Environmental degradation in Pakistan is a well-documented fact and this degradation is impacting the entire national social and economic landscape. It covers all natural resources e.g. forests, wetlands, land and air.

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22 May 2012

Moving REDD+ forward: more structured discussion on the drivers of deforestation is needed

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May 14, 2012

Mangrove conservation – key to fighting climate change – grapples against development

Nestled on a narrow strand of sand that encloses Lap An Lagoon on the central coast of Vietnam are the village’s last few remaining hectares of mangroves, hovering above the water upon their stilted roots.


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